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  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    ★★★

    How can a movie be so rad and yet so bad at the same time?

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys

    Holy mechanical Christ this thing is terrible. I remembered this one being harmless fun, but holy crap. It's so awful.

    Nonsene plot that tries to do a mashup of all the past movies with a half-assed commentary on our dependence on tech.

    Horrible acting across the board (save for maybe one or two moments from Arnold and Emilia).

    Mid-grade visual effects and painfully drab dialogue.

    I think mayyyybbe some of this could have been pulled off well in a different movie. (Having Sarah, John, Kyle Reese, and the Terminator all together is an interesting idea!). But man, what a disaster.

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    In solitude, I felt the liberty you spoke of. But I also felt your absence.

    A very horny movie that left me absolutely floored.

    Every shot is perfect. Vibrant colors juxtaposing our main subjects -- greens and reds -- against textured backgrounds -- blues, browns, and blacks.

    Exquisite in every way, with two of the best performances I've ever seen in my life. Holy wow.

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También

    ★★★★★

    Oh wow. I finally got around to seeing this. The master Cuarón exploring his homeland of Mexico via a coming of age tale. A loss of innocence road trip.

    The long takes are phenomenal, oftentimes lingering on the background activity, as Cuarón so brilliantly does. The beauty and the danger of rural Mexico are highlighted ever so subtly.

    Tenoch and Julio are two boys becoming men, exploring their friendship and their inner desires as Luisa hangs on to her youth…